and they want a serious offer from republicans. >> the american people want us to avoid the "fiscal cliff" with a balanced approach. >> reporter: geithner is here in the halls of congress trying to clear some big hurdles with republicans. once a deal is closer president obama will take over the talks. so far independent senator joe lieberman is not encouraged. >> if we go over the cliff it's going to send the country back into recession. >> reporter: vice president joe biden stopped by a washington, d.c. costco thursday to help the white house's public campaign for a deal. >> consumer confidence is growing. the last thing we need to do is dash that now by being unable to extend middle class tax cuts. >> reporter: the vice president said if those tax cuts aren't extended, the average american family stands to lose $2,200 next year. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> talk about a power lunch. president obama and mitt romney met privately at the white house to have lunch. their first face-to-face meeting since the campaign debate. aides say the president wanted to discuss romney'